‘Animal Airwaves’ Category

Animal Airwaves is a daily radio series that features one-minute segments relating to animal health. Each module focuses on different topic of interests to the owners of animals of all types, ranging from consumer tips offering insights into animal behavior, to veterinary patient care breakthroughs and trends. A production of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, HSC communications staff and WUFT-FM in Gainesville, Animal Airwaves appears three times each day in the local public radio coverage area.

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Audio Taking the wind out of soring

Sep 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe term ‘soring horses’ has been in the news recently. But instead of referring to horses gracefully soaring over jumps, it has a much darker meaning. Soring (that’s s-O-R-i-n-g) refers to the unscrupulous means of intentionally causing pain to force exaggerated gaits in horses like Tennessee walkers and others. […]

Audio Protecting cats from painkillers

Sep 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadVeterinary professionals and pet parents alike are all about pain relief for our animal buddies. But painkillers have differing effects in various animals, and nowhere is this more obvious than in cats. The inner workings of cats cause them to process drugs differently than other animals. For example, buffered […]

Audio Get a jump on laminitis

Aug 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLaminitis, a crippling hoof disease, is one of the most common reasons horses are euthanized. But amazingly, this excruciating syndrome is often preventable by controlling your horse’s diet. Of special concern are dietary starches and simple sugars. Both of these carbohydrates are broken down quickly in the digestive tract […]

Audio Don’t horse around in the heat

Aug 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOur stoic steeds may seem unflappable, but even horses can have a tough time in sweltering heat. The best way to help your horse on a sizzling summer day is with a constant supply of fresh water. On a cool day, a horse drinks an average of 5 to […]

Audio Surviving pre-purchase exams

Aug 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re looking to buy or sell a horse, you’ll likely be involved in a pre-purchase exam. This is when the buyer’s veterinarian examines a horse for soundness and suitability. A thorough physical exam, including X-rays, is the best way to tell if a horse has, or may develop, […]

Audio Knock the wind out of asthma

Aug 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAsthma can make breathing as tough for our cats as it can for us. Airways thicken and narrow during asthma attacks. The resulting struggle for breath leaves cats wheezing and coughing. Feline asthma is likely triggered by allergies. And while there’s no cure, you can help control attacks. First, […]

Audio Choosing care for your pooch

Aug 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor pet parents with hectic schedules, doggy day care offers the attention and company many dogs crave. But is this choice right for your four-legged friend? Day care is a great option for dogs with pent-up energy, or those who get anxious when left alone. Ideal candidates have been […]

Audio Don’t choke when it comes to first aid

Aug 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf your pooch starts pawing at her mouth or gasping, or you see her gums turn blue after downing a treat or lunging for a toy, she may be choking. First, take care, because a panicked dog may bite. Then, retrieve the offending object, which may require a partner. […]

Audio Dog on boat

Aug 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDogs love wind in their faces, and what nicer way to experience fresh air than a boat ride? But before you take your furry friend on a sail, have a plan. First, learn the laws involving dogs on boats — both where you are and where you’ll be going. […]

Audio Helping colossal canines beat bloat

Aug 1, 2014 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you like your hounds on the hulky side, you should know about bloat — the number one killer of certain large-breed dogs. Bloat develops when excess food, water or gas fills a dog’s stomach, causing it to twist. Blockage of the stomach’s contents and blood supply results in […]

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